‘White Lives Matter’ event at Texas A&M to include Richard Spencer on Sept. 11, activist says

Sunday, Aug. 13 updatePreston Wiginton, an activist who brought alt-right leader Richard Spencer to  Texas A&M last December, says  Spencer will return to the campus when Wiginton hosts a “White Lives Matter” event on Sept. 11.

Wiginton, who attended A&M briefly from 2006 to 2007, brought Spencer to speak at the university on Dec. 6, nearly a month after the presidential election of President Donald Trump.

Political observers say Trump elevated the profile of the so-called alt-right movement when he named former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon has called Breitbart “the platform for the alt-right,” a movement that critics say uses racist rhetoric and advocates white supremacy.

Wiginton told the Bryan newspaper The Eagle that Spencer’s speech, which drew a large crowd of student protesters against the event, was a success for the alt-right movement.

VIDEO: Texas A&M students rally against Richard Spencer

“I think that was a steppingstone for white people to realize that there are issues, and they feel comfortable enough now to talk about them,” Wiginton said.

EarlierPreston Wiginton, a political activist who helped bring white nationalist Richard Spencer to the campus of Texas A&M last December, says he will host a “White Lives Matter” event on Sept. 11.

The announcement comes the same day that a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, killing one person and injuring dozens more.

RELATED: White nationalist Richard Spencer ‘surprised’ by A&M reaction

A helicopter crash that killed two people Saturday outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police.

According to Wiginton’s statement Saturday, the Sept. 11 event will take place “at Rudder Fountain between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with speakers between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.”

Amy Smith, executive vice president for marketing and communications at Texas A&M told the student Battalion newspaper on Saturday that Wiginton's "views and those of the group he represents are counter to the core values of Texas A&M."

Smith added that "while he has the right of free speech, so too do we have the right to refute those views and get on with the daily business of a world class university." 

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